Ruche Morphy Richards Kettle: Specifications
Minimum capacity: 500 ml
Maximum capacity: 1.5 liters
Water gauge: Yes
Type of cover: To go out
Exterior material: Plastic
Powerful : 3000
Rope length: 71cm
Cut: 20.3 x 15.8 x 23.7 cm
Variable temperature: No
Above all, the Morphy Richards Hive Kettle is simple and great value for money. Made of plastic, this single-temperature kettle can hold up to 1.5 liters. The exterior features a hexagonal pattern, giving it a textured look, and it is available in black, white, gray and cream colourways.
In the test we found it to be average in terms of boiling speed and outside temperature, but quite noisy and requires quite a bit of energy. Considering the cheap price, some potential buyers would be happy to trade off this average performance. As you will read in our Morphy Richards Hive Kettle review, this is one of the best kettles for what it has to offer.
Morphy Richards Hive Kettle Reviews: Price and Availability
The Morphy Richards Hive Kettle is available for purchase from Amazon from £ 19.99. It is also available directly from Morphy Richards for £ 27.99. You can get it in four colourways, including black, white, gray, and cream, but it’s not currently available for purchase in the United States.
Morphy Richards Hive Kettle Review: Design
The Morphy Richards Hive kettle has a minimum capacity of 500ml, which is not ideal if you want to boil enough water for a cup of tea. The maximum capacity of 1.5 liters is also not as large as some of the other kettles we tested, so the capacity range is limited.
A water gauge sits under the handle with the increments marked with plastic raised. The cover lifts and snaps back into place, rather than clicking, with a rubber lip. The housing is made entirely of plastic, while the handle features a chrome finish.
It’s a fairly compact kettle, measuring 8 x 6 x 9 inches, and weighs just 699 grams when empty and 2180 grams when full. This makes it the lightest kettle we have tested. The neck is rounded with no sharp edges, but it is quite bulky and will suit larger hands better.
When this kettle is turned on and starts to boil, there is no audible noise, but the switch turns on, which is pretty obvious to see. There is a decent 71cm cord length and you can store any excess cord in the base. The base itself is quite basic and light.
Morphy Richards Hive Kettle Review: Performance
When testing, we found that the Morphy Richards Hive Kettle was quite slow to boil, requiring two minutes and 16 seconds to boil a quart of water. The exterior of the kettle got quite hot in the process, reaching 70 ° C, although it was not as hot as some of the stainless steel kettles we tested.
The Morphy Richards Hive kettle was quite loud when boiling, reaching 77.5 dB – only two kettles were louder. It also used more energy than an average kettle, requiring 0.116 kWh to boil a liter.
When you pour water from this kettle, it is very easy to control and will not fall out on its own. However, it should be noted that if you pour quickly, the kettle may leak from the lid.
It didn’t leak or spit out when the water boiled to full capacity, and it took three minutes and nine seconds to reach boiling temperature. This was an average speed considering its smaller maximum capacity.
The outside temperature and noise readings were similar to those in the one-liter test, at 66.6 ° C and 78.6 dB respectively. To test the insulation, we measured the temperature of the water an hour after boiling, and it still read 66.6 ° C, which isn’t bad considering the kettle is plastic.
Morphy Richards Hive Kettle Review: Ease of Use and Manual
The limescale filter is easy to remove, but difficult to replace. Due to the shape of the handle on the lid, it is difficult to grip the handle – you have to tuck your fingers under it in a claw motion, and it takes good force to pull freely relative to other people’s handles kettles we tested. However, it is easy to put back in place.
You cannot fill this kettle through the spout if the water is flowing fast, otherwise it will overflow; you must either fill it slowly through the spout or directly through the lid.
The water level is easy to see via the water gauge, but the increments are difficult to read because they are transparent. You can only see that they are there because the plastic is raised.
The manual lacks details. There are proper safety tips and contact details for the brand, but no diagrams or step-by-step advice. The whole manual is on one piece of paper and could be more complete.
Morphy Richards Hive Kettle Review: Verdict
Overall, the Morphy Richards Hive Kettle was not a good scorer. It was slow to medium for boiling speed, poor for outside temperature, and loud compared to the rest of the pack. However, the design is compact and lightweight, making this kettle ideal if you’re short on space or shopping on a budget.
Compared to our winning kettle, the Bosch Sky Kettle, the Bosch was faster to boil, cooler to the touch and more energy efficient. It was a bit noisier, however, and is four times the price. Ultimately, if you want a lightweight kettle at a very reasonable price, the Morphy Richards Hive Kettle is the one for you.